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One student was awarded an ‘estimated grade’ after being distracted by ants on their desk. Photograph: iStock

Hundreds of Junior and Leaving Certificate students have been awarded grades based on estimates by their schools due to errors such as scripts being l(...)

Sorting and despatching of  Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate exam scripts   at the State Examinations Commission in Athlone. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Every year more than 100,000 students receive their Junior and Leaving Cert exam results. The fact the exams are marked anonymously and major errors (...)

an internal report produced by the State Examinations Commission highlights key aspects of marking process where the issue of fairness is seriously questioned. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

Q. Are all students being treated fairly in the State exams marking process? The State exams are generally seen as inherently fair in that every cand(...)

Using what is referred to as a bell curve, the commission adjusts marking schemes at an early stage in the marking process to ensure a similar proportion of students secure H1s, H2s and H3, etc, year after year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Every year the State Examinations Commission (SEC) seeks to ensure a similar proportion of students achieve the same grades across individual subjects(...)

The commission’s method of altering marking schemes is very unusual internationally. It involves diverting marks  from questions that are “easy” if too many students score high grades.

The marking process for the Leaving Cert exams is rushed, unfair and risks compromising the accuracy of students’ grades, according to an internal Sta(...)

Participants  in a new study felt senior cycle should embed ‘life skills’ in the curriculum to better prepare young people for further or higher education, employment and adult life

Students are giving up sports and social activities due to the stress and pressure of the Leaving Cert, according to new research on pupils’ experienc(...)

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Most upgrades were awarded in higher-level subjects, including biology (392), followed by maths (325), Irish (256), English (245) and French (205). Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Almost 3,000 Leaving Cert exam results have been upgraded after students successfully sought rechecks of their papers. The record number follows a su(...)

Agricultural science students are not allowed to appeal the results of their practical project which is worth 25 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Parents of students at south Dublin schools are threatening legal action against the State Examinations Commission (SEC) over its refusal to allow pup(...)

The commission  said it had notified schools when the Leaving Cert appeals timeframe was reconfigured for the 2019 examinations that there would be an impact on the issue date for the Junior Cert results. Photograph: Getty

This year’s Junior Certificate results will not be available to students until October 4th, almost a month later than usual, due to extra time require(...)

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